Thursday, December 28, 2017

Thankful Thursday #25

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am thankful we had a great Christmas.  All of my family lives close by (some of us on the same street or just 3-5 miles away) but getting together for Christmas is extra special.  My mom works so hard and always gives us such a fun day.

I am thankful for two things today.  First, I am thankful for the week between Christmas and New Year's Day.  The days before Christmas are always exciting and fun, but the week between is so nice.  The pressure is off and the kids are home and it's just a fun time before the new year and everything starts back up.  I enjoy watching movies, going out to dinner, and just doing what we want to.

Growing up, my parents would have a New Year's Eve party.  It was always fun.  It was with my aunt and uncle and we had family and friends at our house for a party.

The second thing I am thankful for is that my dad had his yearly check up with his oncologist this morning.  He is still in remission from his stem cell transplant for Hodgkins Lymphoma.  He had a cold, a really bad one that hit him hard so he was worried going in today.  Even if he had felt fine, we just pray really hard and hold our breaths until we get a text from him and my mom. We were so shocked when it came back after he had it the first time, we are never very confident when he goes for this appointment.  God is so good and thankfully he got a great report.

I have taken a few days and just enjoyed the slower pace around here, but I got these new beads in and I am anxious to make things with them and my new "Morning Has Broken" charms.  I have some really interesting things in this mix and will post about them when I make the pieces.  Just to pique your interest, I have Dragon Blood Jasper beads, Rainforest Rhyolite (formed from lava and beautiful places in them from air bubbles), and Moldavite which is formed from a meteorite hitting the earth!  I am going to make some really pretty men's bracelets with them, but have some great things for women and the new charms too!

Do not be afraid about the future - instead, give everything over to God in prayer:-
Don't worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart
Philippians 4:6, (GNT)

Prayers for each of you a happy and blessed New Year. 

 Seek God for the future:-
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. 
Proverbs 3:5-6, (NLT)

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thankful Thursday #24

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am so thankful for online shopping.  I am also thankful for shipping companies who are working so hard right now getting packages where they need to go in time for Christmas.

I don't like crowds and I am the odd girl who never really liked the mall.  I love being able to do my Christmas shopping at home and having my things brought to my house.  It really is an amazing thing!

I also don't care for the traffic just trying to get to the mall!  I grew up in such a small town and we had to drive several miles to get to a mall when I was young.  Now, we have a mall and tons of stores and restaurants, but we can't get to them sometimes even though they are less than 5 miles away because of the traffic.

Speaking of the convenience of online shopping, I also love that we can order take out online!

I was especially thankful this week for our delivery companies when I received my new custom charms.

I chose the song, "Morning Has Broken" for these along with really pretty colors. I have so many memories from my childhood in church with this song.  I also love that it expresses every day is a new day made by God and a blessed day. We should sing and "praise" the day God has given us.  My artwork is in silver and has a little bit of a different dimension to them.  I am so excited about them and can't wait to post pretty pieces with them!

It is amazing how these come together from my drawings, to pictures, to my computer, the company, the factory, and shipment receiving these little treasures! I am always so excited to get them.

I would love feedback for the next ones I have in the works.  I have done charms with different colors, artwork in silver and black, and the Friendship charm is 3D and all silver. I would love to know which ones you like most as well as least.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Thankful Thursday #23

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

I am so thankful for coinkydinks.  I am not sure if I spelled that correctly, but I am not sure it is even a real word.

It's my sister's favorite word for a coincidence that seems to be more than just that.

I have said before I don't really believe in coincidences.  I believe there are bigger things than us happening all of the time and our God is moving in every second of our lives.

At this time of year we become more aware, and appreciative, of miracles.  We love to watch movies about Christmas miracles and magical things happening.  I think it happens all of the time, we just pay more attention around Christmas.

I had my own "coinkydink" this week.

I have a listing for a necklace in my shop.  I listed it a few weeks ago and when I figured up the listing price it came to $53.00.  I was close to my 53rd listing.  This was on a Sunday and my son happened to be home.  He played high school football and his number was 53.  He was a three year starter and his team won state all three years.  I made sure the necklace with the price of $53 was my 53rd listing.  I told my son maybe that would be good luck.  The necklace is green emeralds with a Herkimer Diamond.

I got a message earlier this week about the necklace.  The girl was so sweet and she loved the necklace design.  She was looking for a custom piece to commemorate an event.  She asked me if I could do something like that for her in that style.

I love doing custom orders.  I recently did necklaces for a friend who wanted them for her grandson's youth football team.  I don't know about you, but I remember the times when I was younger when someone outside of family "gave" me something.  It means so much to kids any time they get recognition and just praised.  There was an older man in our church when I was younger who gave me a piece of gum every Sunday.  It was just a piece of gum, but he just loved kids.  He had many grandchildren, some in the church, and it was just something he did but it still sticks out in my mind. I love being a part of making something that is just an act of kindness that can mean so much to someone.  I sent one of my Friendship charms with the Bible verse Ephesians 4:29-32  and the buyer wanted a note with it saying the receiver inspires they buyer to live by this verse.  Just being a small part of human kindness is beyond rewarding.  It just takes making pretty things to a whole new level.  It's the reason I love doing what I do.

I was more than happy to make a necklace for this customer. What I wasn't expecting was when she asked if I could do the new design in a certain order.  She wanted 5 emerald beads with a diamond spacer and then, yep, you guessed it, 3 more emerald beads. I LOVE when things like this happen.  She had no idea the significance of the number to me when she ordered it.  She couldn't believe it, but loves and appreciates things like this and has her own stories.

We all need reminders throughout the year that there is something far greater working in our lives all the time.

God is good, ALL the time!

I added this last listing with the inspiration of Christmas Eve.  It has a big 925 Sterling Silver star, a 925 Sterling Silver cross, with three London Blue Topaz beads on 14k Gold Filled head pins.  The chain is 14k gold filled. The length is approximately 21 inches. The Topaz beads are December birthstone, but they are also the color of a night sky.

Christmas Eve Necklace

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Thankful Thursday #22

I am so thankful for so many things everyday.

It's funny how the "little things" can make this time of year even better.  I love scented candles.  Certain scents can spark memories.  Of course, the ones that smell like Christmas trees are most associated with Christmas time.

We had an artificial tree for years.  I have allergies and trees are definitely one of the things that bothers me.  That along with grass, weeds, and basically all outdoors!  When the kids were little, I was worried about fires with a real tree and they have allergies too.  I always hated it when one of them was sick for Christmas.  So many illnesses are passed around this time of year so I didn't want allergies on top of it.

When it became just me and the kids, we wanted to start new traditions so going to pick out a real tree was our new thing.  I love the way they smell and we would go get coffee or eat dinner before, just something to have a new tradition for the four of us.

We are a little behind this year.  They are trying to finish exams so I don't know if we will get a real one.  When they were little I liked decorating as early as I could so they could enjoy it as long as possible.  Now, they are able to help so the decorating has become more of a fun event.  We don't do near as much as we used to because after Christmas nobody wants to spend a whole day taking it down!

This is why I am thankful for scented candles.  We have been burning our favorites so at least it smells like Christmas until we can get it looking like it!

Speaking of greatness with little things, I made some very dainty, delicate earrings.  I will be posting them in my shop today.  They are pink Opals, London Blue Topaz, and Chocolate Moonstone.  The little things can make a big statement!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Saturday Football in the South

     I wasn't much of a football fan until my son started playing in 8th grade.  I had been around it all my life, but had no idea of the rules or how it is played.  I am still clueless on some things, but can at least have a semi-intelligent conversation about it.  Well, I talk to my son who is now 21, and if I am not making sense he is probably too nice to tell me.  He was a three year starter in high school and his team won state all three of those years. I didn't miss a thing.  The bleachers weren't helpful to my back, but I wasn't about to miss anything!

     Growing up, my dad and grandfather coached youth football teams.  My little brother tried football, but he never really took to it.  My younger son who will be 19 (!!!) Monday, didn't play long either.  My brother started the golf team at our high school and my younger son is SO much like him in so many ways, that is what he played in high school.

     It's funny because I am from a really small town, well it used to be, and my mom's high school and my dad's high school were huge rivals.  Growth has changed so many things around here and we aren't in the same class or even rivals anymore.  I started out in elementary school that would go into my mom's high school, but changed over to my dad's in middle school.  Growing up, everyone from one school knew everyone from the other so I had a lot of childhood friends at our rival school.  I also had a lot of family there too! 

     In college, I also spent two years at the University of Georgia.  I still wasn't a big fan of football, but game day in Athens sure was fun!

I made these two pieces and just listed them because my mom's high school team won their semi final game last night and they are headed to state championship next weekend!  They are red and black and bulldogs.  UGA is playing today and also being the colors red and black I am showing my school spirit for them as well!

This picture is the only year I did cheerleading. I cheered for my mom's high school. I didn't cheer, but I played softball and tennis in high school.


It's kind of funny because I look more comfortable than my little sister who ended up cheering all through high school and dating and marrying her high school sweetheart and football player.

This is my little brother one Christmas getting his football stuff while me and my sister cheered and my dad and grandfather coached several youth teams.  I love when they run into former players.  They all just love my dad and grandfather still!

He was a little confused about what he wanted to be when he grew up.  It's such a cute picture, though!

Go Dawgs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (High school and College!)

Karen Hill Tribe Spike Pendant Sterling Silver Necklace

Red and Black Sterling Silver Hoop Earrings